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Old 12-20-2014, 11:56   #1
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Used G30SF at Gun Show how did I do?

Went to a Gun Show this morning looking for a Gen 3 G30. I had my eye on a few on Gun Broker new for $500. Went with cash made the rounds of all the tables. There were less than 5 in the whole 600 table show. Hard as I tried could not get price down around $500 out the door on a new G30 Gen 3. Found what I thought was a G30 Gen 3 $499 used. Got them down to $479 while writing me up saw they wrote G30SF. Decided to roll with that even though I really want a G30. I will post pick when I get home. Slide has some wear feed ramp and internally looks to be unfired. So... How did I do price wise and what are the differences between the 30 and 30s for those that have owned fired both?
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Old 12-20-2014, 16:41   #2
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I think you did fine and will enjoy the SF. Congratulations.
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Old 12-20-2014, 19:38   #3
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I really wanted a G30 Gen 3. That will be next. My short list of Guns include a Smith & Wesson J-Frame 640, 642, 442 a G30 Gen 3 a G23 Gen 3 and a G19 Gen 3.
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Old 12-20-2014, 19:49   #4
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Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. And my guess is that if you really decide that you want the G30 instead of the G30SF you might be able to come close to an even trade.
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Old 12-20-2014, 20:00   #5
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I will use this as a nighstand gun as well. I don't know if I need a light as well as night sites. I have a Surefire Flashlight. So I may go with Trijicon Sights and leave it that. Lights are almost as much as I have in the gun.
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Old 12-20-2014, 20:19   #6
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Congrats on the G30.
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Old 12-20-2014, 20:22   #7
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You done good, even if you have large hands you may prefer the grip of the G30SF. I don't own one but my friend google says the trigger reach from the back of the grip is 2.5mm shorter. It doesn't sound like much but the difference between the G20 and the G20SF in my medium size hands felt like the difference between a 2x4 and a 1911 (almost.)

You've got 4 different calibers on your short list already so may I suggest a G29/G29SF/G29 Gen4 for your next buy? It's the same size as a G30 and should work in the same holsters as your G30SF but adds the awesome flexibility of the 10mm cartridge. Check out the 10 Ring for the whole story.
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Old 12-20-2014, 20:40   #8
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You done good, even if you have large hands you may prefer the grip of the G30SF. I don't own one but my friend google says the trigger reach from the back of the grip is 2.5mm shorter. It doesn't sound like much but the difference between the G20 and the G20SF in my medium size hands felt like the difference between a 2x4 and a 1911 (almost.)

You've got 4 different calibers on your short list already so may I suggest a G29/G29SF/G29 Gen4 for your next buy? It's the same size as a G30 and should work in the same holsters as your G30SF but adds the awesome flexibility of the 10mm cartridge. Check out the 10 Ring for the whole story.
I will read up on it. Back when I was just a teenager I thoughtthe coolest gun ever was Don Johnson's Bren Ten he carried during the first season on Miami Vice
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Old 12-20-2014, 20:46   #9
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SF frames are a mod to late Gen3 large frames.

Much (all?) of the Gen3 SF internals appear to be identical to Gen4 internals.

If anyone knows otherwise please speak up.

Studying the Glock specifications at http://us.glock.com reveals that the Large Frame 'SF' models are dimensionally and mass equivalent to the Gen4 Large Frame size when not using either available additional Gen4 backstrap or beavertail.

The smaller (+2mm i.e. approx .08") of the 2 additional Gen4 backstraps will enlarge the grip size to standard Gen3 dimensions. The larger +2mm more.

i.e. Gen3 SF appears to have been a market test of the slightly smaller Gen4 large frame size.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-20-2014, 20:48   #10
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You do know that the 30SF is a Gen 3, right?
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Old 12-20-2014, 21:26   #11
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You do know that the 30SF is a Gen 3, right?
Yes Sir. Going into to the Show I had my mind made up I wanted a straight G30 Gen 3 rather than a G30SF Gen 3 which is what I walked out with.

I will say this for sure I have owned a number of firearms throughout the years as far back as when I was 18. Like many a member I have regrets about having sold them. So I decided before I bought this morning I was going to be leaving any guns I bought from here on out to my Children when My time comes.

I plan on trying to buy a few a year. Somehow when it comes to shopping for a Glock I always end up with a model I did not intend to buy. The last few didn't even see much range time.
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Old 12-20-2014, 21:27   #12
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Congrats on the G30.
Thank you. I am working on getting some pics up.
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Old 12-20-2014, 22:06   #13
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Internals of Gen3SF are real Gen3?

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You do know that the 30SF is a Gen 3, right?
Hi Colin:

Apologies for saying more than I know.

If a G30SF is actually a Gen3 internally I very much appreciate you saying so.

I have a G30S which is a Gen3 SF with a G36 slide. It's internals appear identical to our Gen4 G30 (except the SSL which is unique to G30S and G41). I *assumed* that all Gen3 SFs were the same.

This will teach me not to 'deduce' facts.

Until 2014 my last Glock experience was with my wife's 1989 G19 and one of the first G20s (1990 or 91), both Gen2 and sold in late 1995 when we left Alaska.

Again - thanks much for the 'learning has occured' moment.

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Old 12-20-2014, 23:09   #14
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Congrats on your G30 I try to get one myself but couldn't find one so I pick up a G30S.
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Old Yesterday, 00:29   #15
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Congrats on the 30SF, great guns. I had a 30 years ago, and the difference between it and the SF were night and day for me. My 30SF is accurate to a fault, and with the KKM 10mm conversion barrel installed I'm good in three calibers, .45ACP (original barrel), 10mm, and .40S&W.

Good Luck and good shooting.
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Congrats, my 30sf is my EDC, and one if not my favorite Glocks that I own, such a sweet shooting gun, ive prob got around 5k of rounds through it and not one issue, happy shooting and I hope ha enjoy your new Glock..
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I ended up doing the opposite of you. I was looking for a Glock .45 and my short list was G21 Gen 4 or G30S. I had another pistol listed for sale or trade and was contacted by a guy who said he had a G30SF. Ended up he was mistaken, it was a Gen 3 G30, not the SF (no SF marking on the frame). After checking it out, I made the trade. Funny thing is if he had told me he had a Gen 3 G30, to start with, I probably wouldn't even have checked it out, as most people I talked to about it, said Gen 4 or SF. I don't have large hands and even with a backstrap added, I love the way it fits and shoots.
If yours feels good in your hand, I think you did great and will love it! Here is mine with the backstrap added.
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Old Yesterday, 08:16   #18
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Congrats on your newest addition.
Awesome pick up.
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Sounds like you found what you wanted at a fair price.

I miss the days when I went to a gun show to "find a good deal" on a gun and pick up some inexpensive ammo.


It was not that long ago that I figured that by the end of 2014 we would see a flood of cheap used guns at the show.

People went nuts and bought guns - they really did not need - just because they thought they would not be able to buy them in the future. I thought that by now many would have figured out that they would rather have the cash than a gun they never shoot.

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